McMinnville Police Officer from Smithville Facing DUI Charges

September 12, 2008
Dwayne Page
Bryan Officer

A McMinnville police officer from Smithville, who was seriously injured in a pickup truck wreck two weeks ago, while off duty, is facing several charges including driving under the influence.

Bryan Officer has been charged with DUI, possession of a handgun while under the influence, violation of the implied consent law, violation of the open container law, and not wearing a seatbelt. He was formally charged after turning himself in at the Sheriff's Department this morning (Friday).

Officer has reportedly been recovering at home from the injuries he received in the accident, which occurred on Friday night, August 29th on Highway 70 east at Sligo Hill.

Trooper Brian Raymond of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Officer was traveling west in a 1988 Chevy pickup truck when he failed to negotiate a curve, overcorrected, and overturned. The truck came to rest upright on it's wheels. Officer was ejected from the vehicle. He was taken by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital and later transported to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.

According to a report in the Southern Standard, McMinnville Police Chief Charlie Sewell is saying that the department will wait until the allegations against Officer move through the system before any action is taken. Officer, who is currently on medical leave, has been working as a patrolman for the McMinnville Police Department for about a year.

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